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Iridescent Shark Catfish are very graceful, elegant swimmers and beautiful fish to watch!
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Although these catfish are adorable, colorful, and small when juveniles, DO NOT purchase them for your home aquarium. They attain a very large adult size, and quickly outgrow most aquariums. Unless given a very large, spacious tank/ pond to reside in (think at least 1000 gallons)these fish will suffer when contained in small tanks and eventually die from stress. In my opinion, it is unethical for pet stores to sell this species to novice fish-keepers. It is animal cruelty to keep such an animal in cramped living conditions (it's unreasonable for pet stores to sell these fish to ANYONE). About 5 years ago, someone gave me one of these fish as a gift. He quickly grew from 2" to over 9", and is stuck living in a 90 gallon aquarium which is far too small for him. The slightest movements or sounds can startle him and he often injures himself by bashing into the walls of the aquarium. Worst of all, I can't find him a new home, since almost nowhere has a large enough place for him and because most people don't want/can't care for a large pangasius catfish. So if you see these fish at a pet store, don't buy one...and realize that it's irresponsible for anyone to be selling them in the first place.
Hi, I've had Pangasius catfish for about 7 years. I bought them when they were about 1" long, they are now about 10" long. They are happy and feed well. Today I have noticed that they both have a red blob in side one of their eyes. On one catfish it's in the right eye and the other has it in the left eye. Please can you tell me what this is. thanks Dave
I have a Pangasius Catfish that has outgrown my 75 gallon aquarium. He is beautiful and I like him and he lets me touch him when I clean his tank. However, he is just too large and I would not recommend keeping them in an aquarium. There are very few fish that I can keep with him that he won't eat. I am thinking about putting mine outside in my pond.
Hey, I feel really sorry for your fish. I hope you feel better. I just bought one for my 13th b-day and I hope that doesn't happen to me.
I am 13 years old but have always loved fish. When I was 6, my parents bought me a 5!! gallon tank and a Pangasius Catfish.
The reason was the pet store said it would be OK. But I've seen large Pangasius Shark Catfish online... they get to be the size of a medium-sized dog! Please do NOT buy a Pangasius Catfish (or any other fish) on impulse until you know everything about them! Our Catfish got spooked one night and jumped, slammed into the lid, and died.
Do not purchase this Catfish until you can give it 300 gallons! because our fish lived its last month in a tank that was 60x smaller than its minimum tank size. These beautiful creatures are not for the average "I-Just-Want-A-Tank-Full-Of-Fish" aquarist. They should also have a round/cube tank. They will often refuse to eat in aquaria and when they come from an LFS infested with parasites.
These fish shouldn't be sold at pet stores. Buy from online supplyers, where fish are kept in pristine water in suitable tanks, shipped to serious aquariasts, then GO FOR IT!!
HELP!! My two "ids" are ancient, 22 years old. Grew to be about a foot long each and then stopped. Naturally I've had them so long I'm quite attached to them. Suddenly one of them has a large white spot on his side and my friend who is fish savy said "fungus". I bought some stuff yesterday and am using it but wondered if anyone else had any ideas on how to cure my little old guys. Thanks.
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Use pimafix and about 1 teaspoon aquarium salt for ever 15 gal
I've had mine about 5 months. It's always jumping around. Very good community fish but my eel is always attacking it. What should I do?
I adopted a pangasius catfish that was originally about 15 inches and 12 years old. She was in a 210 gal tank and would freak out and jump out of the much to small tank, leaving a massive mess behind her. I brought her home and put her in an agricultural tub while looking for a more suitable home for her. My family fell in love with her and when I finally found an affordable 500 gallon tank I bought it right away. The only problem, it wouldn't fit in the basement. Guess what, now we are currently in our new home (with bilco doors to the basement - yes we moved for the fish) and Rebuttal is in her 500 gallon tank. She is happy as can be and is now about 27 inches, so we will be looking for another bigger tank for her in the future.
I have bought two pangasius catfish and they hide in this log all day long. I am really diassappointed, they were swimming around at the pet store. Someone help please. I have had them for a month now. They are in a 46 gallon tank and are about two inches long. Please help.
My wife & I have 2 Iridescent sharks, Bonnie & Clyde, & have had them for almost 3 years now. They've been in a 10 gallon tank & have done really well. They have grown a lot but still had room to swim in the tank. When we got them they were only about 1 1/2'' - 2'', but are now about 5 1/2'' each. We've always mixed up their diet a little bit, between flakes, bloodworms, freeze dried shrimps & live feeder guppies. They really devour the live feeder guppies though! Just last week we upgraded to a 55 gallon for them. They still kind of stick to one corner of the tank, but are exploring more & more. We really love these guys. We think they make a great addition to our living room, along with a great conversation piece. We are anxious to watch them get more comfortable in their new tank & enjoy their entertaining ways.